add a 1/2 cup store bought yogurt, previous batch, starter
Place culture a in a 1/2 gallon jar
Add farm fresh milk Cover and culture
Place in a Food Dehydrator, Oven, Thermos, next to the hot water heater or Crockpot at 110 degrees temperature for at least 24 to 36 hours depending on how thick you want the product to be. Need to be cultured 24 hours to be GAPS approved)
Now you have yogurt! Use this traditional fermented dairy product to nourish yourself and your family in your favorite healthy recipes.
Do not forget to reserve some of the cultures you created from the previous batch in order to supplement a new batch. You can continue making yogurt indefinitely by adding more milk or cream to the jar as you use it. The bacteria will continue to feed off of the new milk or cream and ferment to create more yogurt!
If the yogurt starts to separate you can strain through a cheese cloth to delicious creamcheese.
For thicker yogurt it helps to boil the milk, but then the yogurt will not be raw
Did you know…? Milk Kefir can be swapped out for cream cheese in recipes and also made into ice cream! Keifer is a fermented liquid that provides microbiotics to your diet; it can be made in water or milk. Check out these options for tasty and healthy dairy-based food for your family.
Once the milk starts to curdle it will need to be strained through a cheesecloth. Do not forget to remove your Kefir grains…
Once the whey has separated about 1/4 inch from the milk kefir use a cheesecloth to strain so the kefir can separate from the whey.
Hang the cheesecloth above a bowl and drain off whey for 12 hours or until the whey stops dripping.
When the kefir is no longer dripping, wrap the cheese in the cheesecloth or whatever you use to drain it and place it in a colander.
You may place a semi-heavy object on top of the cheesecloth to help the liquid drain the whey faster. Once the whey has drained off the end result will be a delicious, healthy, pro-biotic-filled cream cheese product.
Kefir Cream Cheese!
** Note: Do not toss the whey (liquid) there are millions of amazing digestive enzymes and live probiotics in it too. Transfer it to a glass bottle/jar and store in the fridge for later use. Plants and critters (people too!) love whey!